Scoot McNairy, William Sadler cast in James Comey series
According to Deadline, Scott McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire), William Sadler (When They see Us) and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) have been cast in the upcoming James Comey miniseries from CBS Studios based on the book A Higher Loyalty. McNairy will play U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Sadler will play former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and Knight will play former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
The trio of actors join an all-star cast that includes Jeff Daniels, Brendan Gleeson, Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Peter Coyote, Steven Pasquale and Oona Chaplin.
Published in April 2018, the memoir tells the story of James Comey and his untold experiences through his two-decades career in the federal government, including four years as the director of the FBI from 2013-17, receiving his appointment from Barack Obama. Comey took the title from claims that he was told by Donald Trump in a private meeting to keep a personal loyalty to Trump during the investigation into Michael Flynn, while Comey chose to hold himself to a “higher loyalty” to justice and the truth.
The miniseries will be penned by Billy Ray, known for having written the screenplay or Captain Phillips, while helping co-write the screenplays for State of Play, The Hunger Games and the upcoming action horror film Overlord, set for a Nov. 9 release, and second Terminator reboot, set for a Nov. 15, 2019 release.
Alex Kurtzman, co-creator and executive producer of CBS series Hawaii Five-0 and Star Trek: Discovery, will be executive producing the series through his studio Secret Hideout alongside Shane Selerno and his studio The Story Factory. Kurtzman recently signed a lucrative deal with CBS TV Studios for current seasons and future series, including a second upcoming Star Trek series for streaming service CBS All Access with Patrick Stewart reprising his role of Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.